THE FACTS: MG3

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - ROAD TEST -

IT IS: Fi­esta-class four­door hatch­back from SAIC, China, via Birm­ing­ham where it is fin­ished off. Seats five. Rear seat tum­bles for­wards to make a larger than av­er­age lug­gage area. LENGTH: 158 inches (4m). PER­FOR­MANCE: From the brochure: 37.7mpg ur­ban, 57.6mpg ex­tra ur­ban, 47.7mpg over­all. CO2: 136g/ km. 0-60mph 10.4 sec­onds.

GEARS: Five-speed man­ual, no au­to­matic op­tion. PRICE: £8,399 to £9,999. OVERVIEW: The fu­ture for MG glob­ally is good. SAIC is huge and be­came the first Chi­nese maker to pass five mil­lion sales last year. Its MG and Roewe (akin to Rover) brands ac­counted for 230,000. UK-made MGs will be ex­ported to Ire­land this year. Another 50,000 will come from the new fac­tory in Thai­land for South East Asia. MGs are now sold in some 40 coun­tries, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, New Zealand and South Africa.

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